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Brown thing - id please

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Tristan
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Brown thing - id please

Post by Tristan » 15 May 2013, 07:58

brown thing.jpg
I found the attached growing on bare peat out on the moor at the weekend. It looked pretty disgusting and had a fungal texture, so I'm guessing it belongs in this part of the forum. Any ideas on identification?

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Re: Brown thing - id please

Post by chrisjohnson » 15 May 2013, 09:15

Hi Tristan

Doesn't look like any fungus that I know. Maybe one of the 'Jelly Lichens' in decay. A slime mould is another thought but, again, I don't know any that colour and that extensive.

If you could e-mail me a larger image, say 250k, I'll show it to some colleagues.

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Re: Brown thing - id please

Post by chrisjohnson » 17 May 2013, 08:56

Hi Tristan

Thanks for the larger images which I have shown to some colleagues.

It's Nostoc, a blue-green bacterium (cyanobacterium), but comes in other colours. There are apparently several species within the genus but would require microscopy and some literature.

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Re: Brown thing - id please

Post by Tristan » 17 May 2013, 10:13

Thanks Chris. I know of Nostoc as a partner in some lichens but I didn't realise it could also be such a large free-living structure.

Tristan

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